Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song

Rosebud Cinema - Ends Wednesday 9/21
Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song


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Wed, 9/21 **Vaccination Required** 4:00
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Singer-songwriter/poet/novelist Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) spent over seven years writing Hallelujah, initially an obscure track on an early 80s album rejected by his record label (“Look, Leonard, we know you’re great, but we’re not sure you’re any good”). Yet it enjoyed a new life in 1991 after being covered by John Cale (Cohen shared over 100 unused verses with him), then Jeff Buckley on his Grace album, and evolved through countless versions to become one of the most beloved songs of all time. HALLELUJAH: LEONARD COHEN, A JOURNEY, A SONG is a definitive exploration of Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, the meaning of which has transformed with each popular version. This majestic, feature-length documentary weaves together three creative strands: The songwriter and his times; the song’s dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit; and moving testimonies from major recording artists for whom Hallelujah has become a personal touchstone. Approved for production by Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2014, the film accesses a wealth of never-before-seen archival materials from the Cohen Trust including personal notebooks, journals and photographs, performance footage, and extremely rare audio recordings and interviews.

Featuring Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, John Cale, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Glen Hansard, Sharon Robinson, Rufus Wainwright, and many others.

PG-13, 115 min.

"This majestic, almost symphonic documentary is also a chronicle of the singular song Cohen wrote and an account of how 'Hallelujah' has become a receptacle into which new generations of singers pour their musical souls. Like the song, whose title contains an affirmation, the film affirms the value and power of making art.” – Wall Street Journal

"A rousing portrait of the power of expression, something that Leonard Cohen perfected more than most songwriters that ever lived." – RogerEbert.com

"An affectionate and open-hearted tribute to Cohen and his work." – TheWrap


*Summary borrowed from Sony Pictures Classics and Film Forum